Stamp River Steelhead Report

December 31st

Overview - Availability - River Conditions - Weather Outlook - Regulations


Jan 2019 Winter Steelhead   River has come back into shape and showing promise after the weeks of high water this is finally a relief!

There have been some bright Winter Steelhead starting to show up throughout the system so we have our fingers crossed we get a good Winter run of Steelhead this year.

On the heals of such a fantastic return of Fall run Steelhead. These  runs of fish are genetically different and migrations vary. The Fall run would now all be in the upper river and the Winters just starting to come in.

Reports since the water has dropped have been that fresh fish have been moving in on the tides.

Happy New Year and may the "Fish Be With You!"


Date Availability
 Dec 31, Jan 1 (Happy New Year!)  Sold Out
Jan 2,3,4,5 Sold Out
Jan 6  1 boat available
Jan 7  2 boats available
Jan 8 1 boat available
Jan 9 1 boat available
Jan 10-11 2 boats available
Jan 12 Sat Sold Out
Jan 13 Sun 2 boats available
Call for more available dates booking now through March  250-723-8022 or email  


Winter Steelhead - Guided Day Trips

Winter Steelhead - Guided Day Trips

Fully guided day trips for two persons by jet boat includes all of the equipment. Trip Details »

River Gauges

DFO has a series of gauges on the river which we utilize to share information on levels.  There is the gauge at Robertson Creek, Stamp Falls and the Sproat River.  Stamp Falls gauge is our key indicator that we follow to indicate trends.  This gauge is below the confluence of the Ash and Stamp, so high higher volumes than the one at Robertson Creek which is on the very upper Stamp.

The graphs below are the 1 month trend. When you click and go to the live data you will see a calendar so you can back date the start date for the graph. The default of the live data set is one week.

The other functioning gauge is the Sproat River. In high water conditions this is very helpful towards indicating the trend but it is a very short river with Sproat lake behind it. The Sproat River gauge which is a few km above where it empties into the Somass River.

Updated river level reports can be generated by links on graphs or at

Robertson Creek Upper River   Stamp River Middle River

Weekly Weather Outlook

Winter Regulations: Stamp/Somass/Sproat System

Download Region 1 Vancouver Island Regulations

Licenses and Steelhead : Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead
Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. weather your intention is to release or retain. Get your licence online.

Gear: Single barbless hook must be used in all streams of Region 1, all year.

Locations Referenced:
Upper River - Above Stamp Falls
Middle River - Stamp Falls Pool to Girl Guide Falls
Lower River - Stamp River at Girl Guide Falls downstream to and including Somass and Sproat Rivers.

Bait Use Permitted:  Lower River- Stamp River Lower Section starting downstream of signs at Girl Guide Falls located approximately 250 Meters upstream of beaver creek falls. Use also permitted within Somass and Sproat Rivers.

Bait Ban : Middle and Upper River Bait ban all year Stamp River upstream of signs at “Girl Guide Falls” (approximately 250 m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek).

The "Girl Guide Falls" are accessed from the Alberni Sportsman's Association on Sportsmen road off of beaver creek.

Quota/Limit: All wild Steelhead in BC must be released. Daily limit of hatchery Steelhead is 2. Possession limit is 4. We encourage limited or non retention of hatchery Winter Steelhead to spread out availability and opportunity. When you have caught and retained your daily quota of hatchery steelhead from any water, you must stop fishing that water for the remainder of that day.

Call anytime for the latest conditions and reports

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